James H. Dennis


Mr. James H. “Jimmy” Dennis, 83, of Onley and previously of Saxis, passed away July 24, 2022, at his residence.

Born on June 8, 1939, in Saxis, he was the son of the late Earl Ray Dennis and the late Almarine Myrtle Smith Dennis. Jimmy worked for Holly Farms and then Tyson Farms for over 40 years. He loved collecting anything and everything, but by far his favorite collections were trains and Christmas items. He would start decorating his many houses in October, taking his only vacation time to work on his displays. His Christmas decorations on Saxis were an attraction that many enjoyed during the holidays. Jimmy also loved his many animals and he always found room for a stray.

Jimmy is survived by his daughters, Michelle Evans, of Onley, Sheila Coulbourne and husband, David, of Atlantic, and Melissa Cold, of Atlantic; grandchildren, Chandler, Mallory, and Peyton Drummond, and Collin and Connor Cold; and one of his closest and dearest friends, Bruce Godwin.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Earl “Kenny” Dennis.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m., at the Saxis United Methodist Church in Saxis, with Pastor Bobby Parks officiating. Interment will be private.

In honor of his love of animals, memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Shore SPCA, P.O. Box 164, Onley, VA 23418.

Arrangements are by the Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley.

To sign the guest book online, visit: www.thorntonfuneralhome.net
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